How to Have a Fabulous Day at Disney's Magic Kingdom in 10 Easy Steps

Castle Main St. USA

The Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World in Florida is the world’s most popular theme park, with some 20 million visitors per year.  The rides, attractions and shows are spectacular in every way.  The cast members are friendly and helpful.  There is something for every member of the family, both young and old.  Here is: How to Have a Fantastic Day at the Magic Kingdom in 10 Easy Steps!

1. Arrive Early!

Whether you are staying onsite at a Disney hotel or offsite, arrive at the Magic Kingdom entrance, tickets in hand (or Magic Bands) at least 30 minutes before official opening.  On most days, you will be allowed into the front of the park 30 minutes early.  You’ll be able to browse the Main Street USA shops, grab a breakfast item and/or take pictures of your family against the backdrop of Cinderella Castle.  At opening time, you will be allowed into the rest of the park, ahead of almost everyone!

2. Fastpass

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Before you leave home, make your fastpass attraction reservations.  Fastpass is Disney’s version of line-skipping.  Every member of your party gets three, to start with.  *You can make more after you use those initial three, based on availability.  If you’re unsure how to make fastpass reservations, set up your free account at or via their app on your device.  You should choose from the most popular attractions, saving yourself more time waiting in line.  Make your fastpasses for somewhere between 10:00 am – 3:00 pm.  Before you first fastpass window opens, ride other popular attractions before the crowds build. 

3. Character meal

Cinderella's Royal Table
Cinderella's Royal Table - Photo Credit Disney

If you have children, schedule a character meal for breakfast, lunch or dinner.  That way, you can see your favorite characters without waiting in line.  Plus, you gotta eat, right?  *When scheduling your character meal, be aware the ride queues are shortest in the morning.  If you want to do breakfast, schedule it early or late. 

4. Children

If your children are old enough to understand, explain to them what you plan to do during the day.  If your toddler sees a character or a cast member with balloons, you may not be able to pry them away and maintain your plan.  In that case, just enjoy your child’s wonder and amazement!

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